Grown-up Travel Guide Beer Diary: Day 176

Welcome to the Grown-up Travel Guide 2015 Beer Diary!

A little background info: in December a group of us decided to set up the 2014 Beer Advent Calendar, whereby we would try a new beer each day up until Christmas. We shared our tipples on Facebook and Instagram and a great time was had by all – plus we all got to learn about some fine brews from around the world.

Faced with a sense of emptiness when the challenge was over I decided that 24 days a year was just not enough. Why not a year of beer? And so here we are. I reckon a beer a day can keep the doctor away – but even if not it’ll be fun, right?

Given that a large proportion of the year 2015 will be spent in foreign climes there will be the added element of finding a new brew wherever we travel and there are a huge number of excellent beers available here in Norway too – most of which I doubt any of our readers will have heard of.

Your participation is not only encouraged but required – just use the hashtag #grownupbeerdiary if possible. Add your entries here and/or use our social media channels – whatever works best for you.

To keep it simple follow the same format as we do here: describe your day in a maximum of five sentences, add some info about the beer and a photo or two.

Obscure ales and imports IPAs are always interesting but there’s to be no snobbery here – anything goes, even alcohol-free as we all need a good alternative now and again. We’ll work out the practicalities as we go – but since the first day of the year is nearly over we better get started on this journey around the world – in beer form. Cheers!

Day 176: June 25, 2015

Diary entry:

Now this was a long day…

Despite going to bed early enough for nearly 5 hours of sleep, it took me ages to nod off.

I reckon I got less than 3 by the time I had to get out for my 0420 taxi.

Flew to Amsterdam and killed 6 hours of stopover there in the lounge and bar.

Finally on my way to Japan but unable to sleep on the plane either…

The Beer:

Grown-up Travel Guide Beer Diary - Day 176: Murphy's Red from Murphy's of Ireland
Grown-up Travel Guide Beer Diary – Day 176: Murphy’s Red from Murphy’s of Ireland

Name: Murphy’s Irish Red

Producer: Murphy’s of Ireland

Alcohol content: 5%

Bottle size: 500 ml

Purchased from: Murphy’s Irish Pub, Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the Netherlands


This pub is a bit of an oasis at Schiphol – when you get inside it’s very easy to forget you are in an airport at all. I stuck to this classic ale for my stay – it’s smooth and not overly surprising, but decent enough. And certainly better than Heineken…

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